From Knives Out to In The Cut: 10 thrillers/mysteries to (re)see besides Glass Onion on Netflix
If you want to try your hand at mind-defying films with intricate mysteries of murders or disappearances, the resolutions of which unravel in the few certainties made available here and there in the script, these titles could be for you. Yellow, in its various forms of whodunit or the more classic thriller/mystery, it is the genre that most of all stimulates us intellectually to pay attention to every element that might seem trivial, not to trust first impressions, to question the good faith of some characters.
A few days after the release of glass onion and in conjunction with our Operation Nostalgia section, we recommend in this article a list of ten recent films (from the 10s of 2000 to today) in which the mystery has met the quality and intelligence of writing. Here are which ones to recover.
Murder by Death – Knives Out
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the most successful deductive mystery of recent years is the typical mystery of suspicion à la Agatha Christie: a writer is found dead in his bedroom and a week later his relatives are summoned for questioning. Entertaining and with an exceptional cast (Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer), the success of Dinner with crime spawned the sequel Glass Oninonavailable now on Netflix.
Murder on the Orient Express
The second adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic released in 1934 (the first was directed by Sydney Lumet in ’74), the 2017 film sees the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, played by Kenneth Branagh who also directs here, investigate the death of a businessman, murdered with 12 stab wounds inside the train that is taking him to Istanbul. To be suspected the twelve passengers traveling for various reasons on the Orient Express. In the cast: Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley.
It’s Thanksgiving day in a peaceful and friendly Pennsylvania town, when the little daughters of two neighbors suddenly disappear without a trace. Detective Loki begins to investigate the possible culprit, according to his parents a young man with severe mental retardation entrusted to the care of his elderly aunt. Brutal masterpiece of 2013 directed by the Canadian Denis Villeneuvethis drama / mystery starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and an extraordinary Paul Dano, questions our prejudices arriving at the right pace towards an unsettling plot-twist artfully constructed by screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski.
Inspired by the true story of the Zodiac killer, only recently identified after the opening of the first of seven cases dated 1968, the film by David Fincher reconstructs the intricate and very long story of the serial killer starting from the novels of the San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Robert Graysmith, played here by Jake Gyllenhaal, the man who was the first to try his hand at solving the puzzles sent by the killer to the editorial staff of the US newspaper . Also starring Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox and Chloë Sevigny.
The secret of her eyes
Of the Argentine film that won the Oscar for best foreign film in 2010, Hollywood made its own remake five years later with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, but for our ranking we have chosen to recommend the original. The secret of her eyesdirected by Juan José Campanellais a masterful thriller / mystery that investigates the murder of a young woman by going back twenty years in the memory of the then young Federal now aspiring writer, who was entrusted with the heinous case in question that still seems to haunt him.
The Invisible Man
The only horror on our list, the modern and post #MeToo remake of James Whale’s historic 1933 film, later re-proposed in a serial version, features one of the best actresses of her generation. Elisabeth Moss interprets for Leigh Whannell a woman followed, stalked, stalked by a mysterious invisible presence that will drag her into a whirlwind of aggression and madness. The transposition is a clear reference to gender-based violence and the various forms of machismo that persecute our age.
Split version of a Jake Gyllenhaal in a state of grace, Villeneuve’s ultra-fine and hypnotic thriller crosses and exchanges the professional and sentimental lives of two perfectly identical men: a university professor with a free relationship and a professional actor with a pregnant wife. The film, loosely based on the novel The Duplicate Man (2002) by José Saramago, is complex and stratified, full of subtle meanings to the social condition of modern man and his moral impositions. If during the end credits you realize that you didn’t get it (fully or not at all), don’t worry: Villeneuve knows what he’s doing.
Gone Girl – The lying love
So much of what we see now is inspired or aspires to be Gone Girlso much so that the unique and irreplaceable thriller of David Fincher is a must watch of contemporary cinematography. Based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, who is writing the screenplay here, this film is the perfect portrait of how dysfunctional love can turn marriage into a nightmare of spite, violence, execrable gestures and meanness. Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck I am apparently a victim and a perpetrator, but appearances here are deceiving indeed. Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski and Carrie Coon also star.
The binomial Scorsese-DiCaprio never disappoints, even when it comes to creating very complicated production challenges such as Shutter Island, the thriller/psychological thriller that becomes pure cinephilia. Leo is a federal agent sent together with his colleague (Mark Ruffalo) to an island to investigate a case of disappearance that occurred in a psychiatric hospital. But Edward ‘Teddy’ Daniels has another job: to find his wife’s killer (Michelle Williams). Scenography by Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo.
In the cut
Adapted from Susanna Moore’s erotic thriller of the same name, In the Cut he sinks into a morbid and overheated New York to epidermal heel the writing teacher Frannie (Meg Ryan), who finds herself an unwilling witness to some cases of feminicides whose victims are young women abused and then torn to pieces. Attracted by Detective Malloy (Mark Ruffalo), the two enter into a murky sexual relationship, in which she suspects that she is extremely close to the killer. Death, desire and lots of sex in the most controversial and least unanimous film in the filmography of Jane Campion, but disturbing and obsessive enough to leave its mark. To produce (among others) also Nicole Kidman.